An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part I

Sir Christopher Ricks is one of the most important and influential critics active today. Described by W.H.Auden as ‘exactly the kind of critic that every poet dreams of finding’, he has continuously been a leading figure in literary criticism since the Sixties, famous not only for his sensitive essays but also as a captivating lecturer. He is the author of such renowned works as Milton’s … Continue reading An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part I

An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part II

The Literateur: You have been very insistent that literary criticism is important only because literature is important, and that criticism is of secondary importance. Christopher Ricks: I wouldn’t deny that that there are critical works of genius. I make a difference between professorial professional people like me on the one hand, and Eliot, Coleridge and so forth on the other. There’s no reason why a … Continue reading An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part II

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In Conversation with Frank Kermode

SIR FRANK KERMODE is the author of many influential works of literary criticism and has been a major presence in the critical landscape for the second half of the Twentieth Century. He talks to The Literateur about academic careers, the dubious pleasures of Theory, the role of the critic, and the end of the world. Tom Bailey The Literateur: Sir Frank, it’s a privilege to … Continue reading In Conversation with Frank Kermode